The Interestings

The Interestings


By (author) Meg Wolitzer

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Hardback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 43mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 9 April 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1594488398
  • ISBN 13: 9781594488399
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 33,798

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Named a best book of the year by "Entertainment Weekly," "Time," and "The Chicago Tribune," and named a notable book by "The New York Times Book Review "and "The Washington Post" "Remarkable . . . With this book [Wolitzer] has surpassed herself."--"The New York Times Book Review" "A victory . . . "The Interestings "secures Wolitzer's place among the best novelists of her generation. . . . She's every bit as literary as Franzen or Eugenides. But the very human moments in her work hit you harder than the big ideas. This isn't women's fiction. It's everyone's."--"Entertainment Weekly "(A) From "New York Times"-bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a new novel that has been called "genius" ("The Chicago Tribune"), "wonderful" ("Vanity Fair"), "ambitious" ("San Francisco Chronicle"), and a "page-turner" ("Cosmopolitan"), which "The New York Times Book Review "says is "among the ranks of books like Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" and Jeffrey Eugenides "The Marriage Plot."" The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In "The Interestings," Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules's now-married best friends, become shockingly successful--true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken. Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, "The Interestings" explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.

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Author information

Meg Wolitzer's previous novels include "The Wife," "The Position," "The Ten-Year Nap," and "The Uncoupling." She lives in New York City.

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"Like Virginia Woolf in "The Waves", Meg Wolitzer gives us the full picture here, charting her characters' lives from the self-dramatizing of adolescence, through the resignation of middle age, to the attainment of a wisdom that holds all the intensities of life in a single, sustained chord, much like this book itself. The wit, intelligence, and deep feeling of Wolitzer's writing are extraordinary and "The Interestings" brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level."--Jeffrey Eugenides "Wolitzer follows a group of friends from adolescence at an artsy summer camp in 1974 through adulthood and into late-middle age as their lives alternately intersect, diverge and reconnect. . . . Ambitious and involving, capturing the zeitgeist of the liberal intelligentsia of the era."--"Kirkus "(starred)